Melting Tin Alloy to make pendant jewelry Answered
I've made several attempts to melt down a tin alloy metal (92% tin, 8% antimony) to make pendants;
small pendants for necklaces. I haven't had any luck with this at all!
The mold has been cast - the metal has been chosen but...my process isn't working.
I'm using a hot plate and a small teflon pan to melt the metal.
The problems I'm running into are:
Once I melt the alloy, I can't get it into the mold before it starts cooling.
It pours out too quickly from the pan, then cools too quick to finish pouring.
It's a small mold (1 3/4" diameter with 1/8" lines) which isn't helping I'm sure.
Not sure on a couple things I'm hoping somebody who know more about this than I do could possibly make some suggestions.
I don't know if I should be using a flux to keep the metal clean because it is getting dirty after the melting.
I don't know how to get it from the pan to the mold before it cools?
Someone, I'd imagine, must have come out with a tool for transferring small amounts of metal to molds.
I tried a glass eye dropper today but didn't have any luck with the transfer process.
Not sure if a crucible and flux is the way to go or not. If so, does anybody know of a good company that has items designed for this type of work?
Any and all help / info / suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!